The Singapore Sailing Federation is proud to announce that we are partnering with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme to help restore ocean and sea health through the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2018.
Every year, 8 million metric tonnes of plastic enter the oceans from land. 40 per cent of the world’s oceans are heavily affected by human activities including pollution, overfishing and destructive fishing practices, and removal of coastal habitats.
Clean Regattas is the world’s only sustainability certification for water events that enables sailors to protect their local waters with 25 Best Practices that make sustainability more approachable and easy. The programme is an effort by Sailors for the Sea in raising the bar for environmental sustainability and ocean health around the world.
“We are thrilled that the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2018, organised by the Singapore Sailing Federation is committed to serving as a model for responsible sailing,” said Robyn Albritton, Sustainability Director, Sailors for the Sea. “We are happy to support the Federation in their efforts to educate participants on environmental protection. Working with the regatta, Sailors for the Sea will help to formalise their conservation efforts and in fostering ocean-friendly behaviour.”
The Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2018 is a week-long event organised by the Singapore Sailing Federation. The regatta will run from 14 to 17 March 2018 and it will be held at the National Sailing Centre, 1500 East Coast Parkway. The regatta is the largest international event on the local sailing calendar and it also serves as a qualification competition for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. This year, the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship will also focus on ocean sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices.
“Sustainability is very important to the Singapore Sailing Federation – in particular ocean sustainability and ocean health. Our sailors would not be able to enjoy or pursue their craft without the ocean. As an organisation, we believe that it is our responsibility to champion the sustainability cause. The Singapore Sailing Federation is excited to implement the Clean Regatta Best Practices at the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2018. Key concerns that we want to bring awareness to would be the overuse of plastics and the impact on the ocean, overfishing, and the reduction of carbon emissions,” said Lim Han Ee, Chief Executive Officer at Singapore Sailing Federation.
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Posted by SingaporeSailing on Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Clean Regatta Initiatives
To achieve Bronze certification, the Singapore Youth Sailing Championship 2018 will undertake 10 out of 25 initiatives in our Clean Regattas campaign ((Download our 10-step Clean Regattas checklist here).
- Reduced plastic bottle use by providing participants, competitors, and audience with reusable bottles
- Deployment of water refilling stations
- Ensuring that the number of recycling bins are proportionate to that of trash bins
- Provision of sustainably sourced food
- Deployment of a community garden and composting to recycle our food waste
- Working with volunteers and participants on a beach clean up
- Running a Paperless Regatta
- Running a #CleanRegattas photo contest! (Details here)
About Clean Regattas
Clean Regattas is the world’s only sustainability certification for water-based events. The program enables sailors to protect their local waters by empowering them with tips and resources to implement sustainability initiatives. Since 2006, more than 1,000 Clean Regattas involving over 400,000 sailors have been run in 30 countries.
About Sailors for the Sea
Sailors for the Sea is the world’s only ocean conservation organization that engages, educates, inspires and activates the sailing and boating community toward healing the ocean. Since its start in 2004, Sailors for the Sea has worked towards building a community of ocean stewards by offering tools, education and inspiration so that sailors may become change agents, and harness the power of their passion to heal the ocean.